The Los Angeles Lakers continue to be active on the trade market, according to reports.
Ramona Shelburne from ESPN Los Angeles revealed that the Lakers have been hitting the phones hard since December 15, the date that the majority of free agents signed over the summer became trade eligible.
Shelburne says that the purple and gold called the Detroit Pistons regarding the availability of Brandon Jennings and Greg Monroe, while also reiterating that the team pursued Dion Waiters earlier this month, too.
Assistant general manager Glenn Carraro is putting in work while Mitch Kupchak presumably takes a leave of absence after the death of his 15-year-old daughter in early January.
Jennings, an L.A. native, is set to earn $8.3 million in 2015-16, while Greg Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
However, as Steve Kyler from Basketball Insiders notes, while the Lakers may be active on the trade market they do not neccssarily have the required pieces to pull off a worthwhile deal.
Additionally, aside from the Lakers’ apparent lack of assets, it probably just doesn’t make sense for the Pistons to part with Jennings and Monroe right now seeing as they’re winning at unbelievable rate.
Since they waived Josh Smith in December, Stan Van Gundy has lead a stunning Detroit resurgence, and the Pistons are now 9-1 in their previous 10 games.
So, one would imagine that Jennings and Monroe aren’t going anywhere right now. Then again, Van Gundy may decide to deal Monroe before the deadline if he feels that the big man will depart this summer via free agency.
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